The United States has been in a state of national emergency since September 14, 2001, beginning with the initial declaration by President George W. Bush on that date and renewed by the President every year since.
There is much speculation, especially in the self-identified conservative media regarding the implications of the ongoing state of emergency, including theories that the declaration gives the President "greater control of the military" and "special wartime powers". A related theory is that it now exists primarily to conceal the implementation of Continuity of Government plans, which would essentially supersede the normal democratic operation of the US federal government.
- 2015/09/10 [L..T] Message -- Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks “The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2015, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.”
- 2015-05-21 BREAKING: Obama Declares “National Emergency"... The Reason Why Will Make You Furious
- 2010-02-10 Yes, America is Still in an Official State of Emergency (Note: Washington's Blog is not itself especially SIC, but it cites at least one SIC source, The Washington Times.)
- 2012-10-10 Obama Quietly Extends National Emergency Declaration, 11 Years After 9/11 Attacks